Mary E. Williams

Published 7:04 pm Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Mary E. Williams, of 8107 South Quay Road, Suffolk, departed this life on Sunday, March 20, 2016. A native of Nansemond County (now Suffolk), she was born on Feb. 23, 1920. She was the daughter of the late Garrett and Iola Williams. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, James G. Williams, and her sister, Iola A. Williams.williams2016

She was educated in the public schools of Nansemond County and graduated in 1939 from Nansemond County Training School. She was retired and was employed as a caregiver and domestic worker.

Ms. Williams was a member of Laurel Hill United Church of Christ, where she was a member of the Women’s Fellowship and a former member of the senior choir. She was a teacher in the Laurel Hill Church School and Vacation Bible School for more than 40 years. She was a member of the Christian Education Committee. She received training in Christian Education at Franklinton Center, Bricks, N.C., and was a graduate in the class of 1955.

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Ms. Williams was a member and served as the secretary of the Holland Home Demonstration Club. She was the organization leader of the Holland Dutchman 4-H Club for 35 years. She received several awards for outstanding 4-H leadership for the City of Suffolk and the Southeast District.

Ms. Williams was a member of the Nansemond County Training School/Southwestern High School Alumni Association, where she served as the historian.

She leaves to cherish her memory one sister, Marian W. Ferebee, of Norfolk; one brother, Ralph L. Williams (Ida), of Suffolk; several nieces and nephews, five of whom she helped to rear, Lorita W. Mayo, Ray D. Williams, Mary A. Williams and Carlton L. Williams (Sheila), of Suffolk, and Linda W. Hill (Rev. Elliott), of Windsor; sister-in-law, Olivia A. Williams, of Suffolk; numerous cousins and friends.

The victory celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2016, at Laurel Hill United Church of Christ, 8001 South Quay Road, Suffolk, with the Rev. Dr. Carl L. Sweat Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Laurel Hill Church Cemetery. The body will lie in repose prior to the service beginning at 11 a.m. at the church. Professional services with dignity have been entrusted to Crocker Funeral Home Inc. Condolences may be extended to the family at